I sat in a Starbucks yesterday working on our budget. . . . way too many numbers on a computer screen makes my head spin.
Next to me sat George W. (not bush!). George is a man about 70 I would guess. We struck up a conversation and I found out that he is a working man, now retired. Maintenance mostly which I took to mean cleaning with small repairs now and again. George was dressed respectfully in the way you can with clothes closet charm. the suit coat and slacks don't quite match, both a dark green and nice material but not often washed and not quite the same.
The white cotton dress shirt was likely a size or 3 too big, as the sleeves hung out from the coat, but that made room for the 2 layers of white long-johns underneath for warmth. This was a man of respect and simple means and probably a great backstory.
As we spoke he shared that he was behind in the rent and looking for odd jobs to try to make it right. His landlord has taken him to court twice and hit him with the court costs, but the landlord hasn't shown up. So he still has his place but went from being behind by $400 to now $800 with court costs.
his rent is $605. his income is $635 per month.
As we spoke George pulled a bus card from his wallet and told me how the card gave him free access to public transportation. This was a blessing because he has had cancer a few years ago and while it is in remission, he had gone 2 years without a doctors visit -- because he never had money to ride the bus and get around town for appointments, check-ups, medication and other things. Rod Blagojevich, who negotiated free public transportation fare for all seniors in IL, is his hero. probably saved his life literally.
As we spoke I remembered that my wife reminded me that our kids have health care only because Blagojevich used an executive order to provide the medical care program for children in IL that we are under. That's why she voted for him last time. I did too come to think of it.
So while the whole world is casting aspersions (and rightly so) we should remember that like all of us, Rod Blago is not all bad.